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About SSI

Scuba Schools International grew out of the passion of a few avid divers who were intent on making it possible for anyone to learn how to scuba dive.

For more than 40 years, SSI has provided training, scuba diving certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, dive centers and resorts around the world. Started in 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 30 Service Centers, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 2.500 International locations, and has materials printed in more than 30 languages.

SSI is clearly the name to trust in the diving world, and we attribute that success to our uncompromising standards and focused methodology.


International Recognition

Since June 1, 2010, Scuba Schools International is one of the few training agencies who qualified for a Global ISO Certification. 7 SSI Programs, 5 for divers and 2 for instructors, got certified after the International Standards – ISO 11121 for Try Scuba Diving, ISO 28401-1 to -3 for Scuba Diver to Dive Guide, ISO 11107 for Enriched Air Nitrox and 28402-1 and -2 for Dive Control Specialist and Open Water Instructor. Due to that the SSI C-Cards for the appropriate ratings will carry the ISO quality label in the future.

In addition to that, SSI is a founding member of the RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council) and is present in all major national committees to ensure that the diving community´s interests are been taken care of.


Our Global Network

The Scuba Schools International global network is one of our greatest strengths as an organization.

Each level of the network contributes to the overall success of SSI globally:

SSI International
International Headquarters is where the important standardization of SSI diving certification and education happens. This is where SSI Training Standards are written, and where the skills and techniques for SSI courses are created. This is also where we produce educational materials and, with the help of our Service Centers, translate them into many languages.

SSI Service Centers
SSI's Service Centers oversee and service the Dive Centers, Dive Resorts and Dive Professionals of the assigned area.
For a list of the actual Service Center contacts click here.

SSI Dive Centers and Dive Resorts
These professional businesses operate a scuba diving or freediving school for diver and dive professional training, as well as provide a variety of diving vacations both local and destination for their customers. Our network of Dive Centers and Dive Resorts around the world, where you can learn how to scuba- or freedive or further your diving education and experience, is extensive.
Click here for more information on SSI Dive Centers and SSI Dives Resorts.

The options for where you can learn to swim, snorkel, freedive or scuba dive with SSI are nearly endless... and growing!